Late Mr. Surendra Bahadur Basnet (1927 - 2023 AD) was born in Dingla, Bhojpur on Shrawan 27, 1984 BS into a simple Nepali family. After moving to Biratnagar where he received his primary and higher secondary education, he was sent to Varanasi Hindu University in India which was the custom of those days. He completed his LLB, BSC and then MA from the University before returning to Nepal to practice law.
Mr. Basnet was appointed a judge in the Supreme Court of Nepal in 1964. Two years later, the then King Mahendra appointed him the Election Commissioner of Nepal with the responsibility of conducting the country’s first general election. He was later appointed Minister of Education and Law and the Minister for Finance and Industry. In 1970 he became the first chairman of the Press Council of Nepal. He served in various government commissions as chairman and a member until 1990. After more than four decades of an illustrious career, Mr. Basnet retired from civil service to manage his privately owned Bahumukhi Krishi Farm in Dangihat, (Morang). However, not being one to lead an easy retired life, he established Buddha Air with his sons in 1996 and led the company as the Founder Chairman until his demise on 10 Poush, 2079.